Archive for the 'Art Opening' Category

Dianna Frid, Creating Playful Sculptures and 2D Works

I have been following Dianna Frid’s progression of work for the last 6 six years, and I have to say that her current exhibition is the most exciting to date. The Vertical Shadows is showing at Devening Projects + Editions, with a gallery talk on April 12th at 1 p.m. The exhibition is up until May 7, 2008 and will be available for viewing on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment.

Untitled Number 1
Dianna Frid. Untitled #1 (Cloud, Mountain), from the series
The Vertical Shadows. 2007. Cardboard, wood, cloth, plaster,
plastic, paper, acrylic, wax and papier-mache, 5.5' x 2' x 2.25'.

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Hyde Park Art Center: New Works

Hello Folks. I just attended an opening at the Hyde Park Art Center, and if you have not been there, I recommend bookmarking their site for a list of current exhibitions, readings, and performances in Chicago’s art world. The Hyde Park Art Center, a part of Chicago’s art scene for over 60 years, has 5 exhibition spaces that are always changing to highlight a diversity of artwork being made in Chicago. (Photo credit: Darrell Roberts)

In the center’s main gallery is Consuming War, an exhibit showing artist whose work deals with being consumed by war and conflicts. Curated by Barbara Koenen, the show includes artists Lynda Barry, Wafaa Bilal, Mary Brogger, Adam Brooks, Burtonwood & Holmes, Michael Hernandez de Luna, Fred Holland, Harold Mendez, Michael Rakowitz, Ellen Rothenberg, Edra Soto, Paula White and Dolores Wilber.

Mary Bogger has created a large steel Persian rug that floats tentatively on pins, and a raft out of oil drums and a car frame.

Mary Brogger

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Interview with Candida Alvarez: Mapping Interventions

In 1953, a young Celia Gonzalez boarded a plane in Puerto Rico, escorted by her distant cousin Maximino Alvarez, to stay with her cousin who had helped her secure a factory job in NYC. At that time, young women could not travel alone, so she was entrusted to her cousin (since he had been a soldier in the Korean War and could speak English). His parents, Celedoina and Pedro Alvarez were already residents in Brooklyn. Although Celia and Maximino were related, they were strangers to each other, but that historic plane ride led to a marriage. Like Maximino's parents, they settled in Brooklyn and started a family. All three of their children were born in February. The middle child was Candida Alvarez. Maximino landed a job working in the mail room at Cumberland Hospital, which was within walking distance from where they lived. In time, he became manager.

Alvarez Family
Young Alvarez family in the 1950s. Candida on the far right.
Courtesy of the artist.

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